DIARY: Publicis women failed to win on the toughest pitch of their careers

While we wouldn’t dream of implying that advertising folk are a bunch of low-down, dirty cheats, the Diary’s attention has been drawn to the heinous lengths to which some agencies went in order to triumph at last Sunday’s annual NABS Rugby 7s tournament.

While we wouldn’t dream of implying that advertising folk are a

bunch of low-down, dirty cheats, the Diary’s attention has been drawn to

the heinous lengths to which some agencies went in order to triumph at

last Sunday’s annual NABS Rugby 7s tournament.



Publicis, which fielded a women’s team made up of staff members, were

dismayed to find themselves up against Saatchi & Saatchi and Lowe

Lintas, which had both Harlequins and England players on their

teams.



The brave Baker Street girls were pulverised. Their ’coach’ (though

given the 40-nil mauling, we use that word advisedly), Gary Grant,

admitted that only one girl had ever played before and described the

opposition as a ’team of tractors wearing rugby kit’.



So to escape a whitewash next year, Grant has written a recruitment ad

asking for staff with ’no previous knowledge of any aspect of

advertising.



You must have played rugby all of your life and currently represent your

country. Apply to Gary Grant (unless you’ve already signed to Saatchis

or Lowes, you big cheats).’



Oh, and Mirror Group Newspapers won, by the way. We hear,

coincidentally, that they have recruited a new sales executive, Laurence

Dallaglio. Hmmm. Now that name rings a bell.



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